Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
Public transportation is available only in New Orleans. Chalmette Battlefield can be reached from New Orleans' French Quarter via tours by the paddlewheeler Creole Queen. A car or taxi is needed to reach the park's other sites.
For hunting, fishing, firearms, and other rules, see laws and policies.
What to expect from the weather: Summers are generally hot and humid with occasional rain. Winters are mild. Sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities and insect repellent is usually needed at the Barataria Preserve.
Hazards and how to avoid them:
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.